Date: 6th November 2007 at 7:57pm
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Arsenal will look to cement their place in the final 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday when they make their second trip to Prague this season.

It’ll be a much changed side from the one that has faced Liverpool and Manchester United in the last two weekends.

With four big names left in London, it’ll be interesting to see if Wenger decides to play Manu Adebayor up front, or if he decides to give a chance to Walcott and Eduardo.

Both players will want to play, as will Bendtner. Walcott will want to build on his brace against the Czech’s in London. Eduardo and Bendtner on the other hand, have both expressed a desire to get a chance in the first team.

Slavia warmed up for the game with a 1-0 league victory over third placed Teplice.

Arsenal, as I’m sure you’re all aware, drew with Manchester United at the weekend to stay top of the League.

That draw with Manchester United set a new club record of 25 games without defeat for Arsenal, spanning back to last season.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene Wenger urged his players to show commitment and focus when they visit Prague: ‘I felt the 7-0 win against Slavia Prague was a really complete performance at some points.

‘Particularly in the latter stages of the game when the goals came on the floor, and each goal would be bigger, quicker and of a better quality than the last.

‘When we meet Slavia again on Wednesday, they will be full of desire for revenge. We will go into the game with top focus and commitment.

‘We want to qualify for the last 16 in that game, we have a good opportunity and we don’t want to neglect that.’

Former Arsenal player Oleg Luzhny will take charge of Slavia Prague after manager József Szabó was taken will with a heart problem. A club statement read: ‘Szabó is temporarily unable to work due to ischemic heart disease, so his assistant Luzhny will prepare the team for the forthcoming UEFA Champions League and Ukrainian league matches.’

Slavia Prague Team News:

Ladislav Volesak will be missing for Slavia through suspension. The midfielder has been in fine form this season, and scored Slavia’s only goal at the weekend.

Player to watch: Marek Suchy

Young, strong, athletic and talented. No, I’m not talking about one of Arsene Wenger’s talented youngsters, I’m talking about Marek Suchy.

The 19-year-old Czech defender has emerged as one of the most promising defenders in Europe over the last year. He helped take the Czech under-20 side to the world cup final in the summer.

He had a trail at Tottenham earlier in the year and has reportedly been subject to interest from both Chelsea and Real Madrid.

After the drumming he recieved on matchday 3, he’ll want to do all he can to shut Arsenal out on Wednesday.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal will travel without four injured players. Kolo Toure (calf) and Tomas Rosicky (groin) join Van Persie (knee) and Phill Senderos (back) on the injury list.

Meanwhile, midfield tormentors Alex Hleb and cesc fabregas have both been rested after their excellent start to the season.

Player to watch: Denilson

The 19-year-old midfielder is largly unkown in Europe, and I don’t think Prague will realise just how good he is. If he’s given time and space he’ll punish them with his range of passing and shooting ability.


Arsene announced the squad that will travel: Jens Lehmann
Abou Diaby
Bacary Sagna
Lassana Diarra
William Gallas
Mathieu Flamini
Alex Song
Gael Clichy
Manuel Almunia
Emmanuel Adebayor
Nicklas Bendtner
Emmanuel Eboue
Armand Traore
Justin Hoyte
Theo Walcott

Match Prediction:

It’ll be a tough, physical game, but Arsenal will still come away with more than the point we need to qualify.

3-0 Arsenal. Denilson, Eduardo and Diaby with the goals.